11 Aug, 2017 1 hr 52 mins U/A
Sofia Boutella, Charlize Theron, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, James McAvoy, John Goodman, James Faulkner
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With gripping action sequences and stylish fun, 'Atomic Blonde' lays down the foundation for a new spy-driven franchise
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Story: A lethal assassin fights for her life in Berlin during the Cold War as she uncovers a deadly game of spies.

Review: We've seen a recent spike in strong female protagonists who can hold their own in battle; films like 'Wonder Woman', 'Ghost in the Shell', 'Valerian' and even 'Logan' come to mind. Charlize Theron made quite an impact as Furiosa in 'Mad Max: Fury Road'. Based on a graphic novel 'The Coldest City',' Atomic Blonde' is cut from the same cloth as 'John Wick' featuring gunplay and close quarters hand-to-hand combat that will make you wince. Keeping all that in mind, it isn't exactly a far stretch to seeing the Oscar-award winning actress as Lorraine Broughton – an MI6 agent who is more than capable of receiving and dishing out a thorough bashing.

On this front, Theron delivers by levelling the field to such an extent that her gender is almost irrelevant. Her skill-set is brutal and effective, but not unrealistic. This should be credited to director David Leitch, a former stuntman, who also directed some of the action in 'John Wick' and his dexterity with handling it is evident. There are gripping sequences in ‘Atomic Blonde’, and one in particular, that are a clever mix of camera work, editing and innovative fight choreography - enough to justify the cost of a ticket. However, Leitch isn’t as adept with storytelling and there are a number of twists and turns that you'll miss if you aren't paying close attention to the minor details. Additionally, the odd narrative choice to cut back and forth between Lorraine’s interrogation scenes as she replays the story that occurred in the past acts as a counterbalance to the tension of the fight scenes and renders some of the hard-work less potent.

Nevertheless, Theron's solid performance combined with high impact stunt work seals her resurgence as a formidable female action star. Besides her, James McAvoy seems to be on a roll, bringing a manic energy to David Percival and even stealing some scenes away from Theron. All the frenetic action is aided by a soundtrack that mirrors the rebellious sentiment around the fall of the Berlin Wall, so keep your ears out for some 80's punk, pop and rock music. ‘Atomic Blonde’ is stylish fun, with riveting fight sequences to keep you at the edge of your seats. Seeing that the foundation for a new franchise has been laid down here with ample conviction, Charlize Theron has created her own version of 'James Bond' - one that could easily last a few more rounds down the line.

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Avg Users’ Rating 3.3/5 ( 28 users )
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Optimistic Bhartiya
If you saw the movie "The man from U.N.C.L.E" by guy ritchie, then u may not find this movie too exciting as it is set in the same era of espionage during coldwar and has a much uninspiring plot. Not too much of character building nor scope for any actor to stand out, it's bearable if u are a fan of Charlize theron, but you may be dissapointed if you were expecting the same nimble her as in Aeon Flux. All in all, it's good for a one time watch for the lack of anything better coming out of Hollywood's stables.
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